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Rights group: Release of Raed Salah a 'victory for justice'

July 19, 2011 10:15 A.M. (Updated: July 20, 2011 12:27 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A European human rights NGO has welcomed the release of Sheikh Raed Salah after 3 weeks in British detention.

The chairman of UFree Mohammad Ramdan on Monday called the release a "victory for justice" and said Salah's arrest had tarnished the reputation of Britain's justice system.

UFree believes he was arrested following a campaign of lies and smears against him by the pro-Israeli right wing press in the UK, Ramdan added.

"We understand that Sheikh Salah's lawyers will now take action against journalists who have spread unfounded rumors against the Sheikh to clear his name."

Sheikh Raed Salah's arrest has been widely condemned by sections of Palestinian and Arab society.

UFree is an independent European-wide human rights network set up to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees.
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